Grateful Dead Live at Hartford Civic Center on 1977-05-28
This item has been commercially released as "To Terrapin: Hartford '77"
Bettyboard 7 inch master reel @ 7 Â½ ips > DAT (zero gen)> CDR (zero gen) (via sony pcm r-700 dat playback > hhb cdr-800) > CDR (first gen) > EAC > .Shn; with AUD patches from Steve Rolfe's FOB; see info file for details; via Seth Kaplan, Jack Warner, Darrin Sacks, Bob Fishman; d3 tracked for 80 min, can shift encore for 74
Subject: Maybe I will meet you on the run...
Factor in a grinding tour schedule
Set two-Good God Almighty continuing the bliss that is May 77 From Estimated>Sat Night---- it's a steam locomotive
p.s.-Hartford Civic = lot of character
Subject: Awesome show I think I saw
The set list was amazing and some of the best versions of many personal favorites.
I cannot find the ticket stub after all these years but unlike the other chap from Simsbury was old enough, on college break, and working just couple of blocks away from the venue so I cannot imagine having missed it as that fell during my catch them every time they played Hartford, Springfield, or New Haven.. Either way I'm going to buy a copy.
Subject: The Dead at their Best
The second set is Dead jamming the way it was meant to be. The Estimated is all-out, the Playin' is spacey, and the Terrapin is sizzling. But for me, the real highlight is the NFA->Wharf Rat. The transition jam between the two songs is a thing of sheer beauty, and Wharf Rat, while lacking a wild guitar solo, is a prototypical version nonetheless; just exactly perfect.
When they return from Space, they really rock out on the Playin' reprise. OMSN isn't one of my favorite Dead songs, but here, it feels like an unexpected bonus, and it's as good a version as you'll ever hear. The US Blues encore is full of energy.
And the recording is top-notch.
Subject: I Will Believe You
There are too many highlights to count, but let me put a gld star next to, of course, that Sugaree in the first set as well as some pretty wild slide work in Minglewood.
Set 2 has Bobby perfectly timing his 'great-god-almighty' in Samson, and Jed, man, Jed! Some amazing work between Jer and Bobby late into the tune. The suite to follow is just beyond words, Estimated taken out for a LONG walk and the dark, intense Playin' being the cornerstone.
There's a good reason why this show was officially released before so many of the others from this tour. "To Terrapin" sounds great, but I'm sure the many boards here can be found without too much difficulty...
Subject: "Tennessee Jed, I'm not really a fan of this song until Hornsby gets his hands on it."
Subject: Better Than Buffalo + Sugaree
Anyway, this Bertha-> Good Lovin'-> Sugaree
Is an incendiary opener. Just power packed playing through Good Lovin' and then the GD version of Sugaree that stands a top the mountain. 21+ minutes for those of you wondering. There is great back forth from all the players on this night and sugaree is a brilliant example. I'll also add that, typically I find 78 berthas to be more effective than 77, despite the flubs..I love the thickness and thumpyness of a 77 Bertha, but sometimes it caused it to lag..This one is the perfect symbiosis. It's quick, it's thick, and everything else. One of my favorite versions post 72.
Very nice Jack Straw, has a bit more umph than others from the period. Very sweet Row Jimmy, typical 77 style. Minglewood Blues is a song I don't like to be anywhere but the set opener, this is my only issue with the show - but really, that's just f-ing picky. Solid version all the same. I'm a much bigger fan of post coma Candymans, but this one has something in it...very touching rendition. Jerry adds subtle flares here and there; if you listen close you'll catch it. Passenger, is what it is. Donna sounds good though. Brown Eyed Women, this was THE YEAR for this tune. How does this version stack up? Well, it's slowed down a bit from the earlier may versions, however, the power notes from Garcia are similar to a real big good lovin' solo. Halfway through the only thing keeping this from settling in to #2 behind Cornell is Keith...But Garcia vocals may make up for that anyway. I would venture to say this is the pinnacle of him singing of the song. It is just right. The version is flowing thick, and Keith is chopping into it in an unproductive way. Still a great version. Real fun Promised Land to close, nothing special, just the right choice for the set.
Samson & Delilah - falters at the gate with Jer's rig turned way down. Even after turning up his tone is still off. That said, Weir sound incredible and the harmonies are incredible. Again, Jer's tone is off. Tennessee Jed, I'm not really a fan of this song until Hornsby gets his hands on it. Sure, there are plenty of nice versions, just saying its good, you be the judge
Du Da Dumm
Here we go with some of the most thoughtful and exploratory jamming of the year...maybe the most. The Estimated Prophet is very solid, and then jam gets going nicely. They had just started using it as a segment starter and it's nice to hear them drop it seamlessly into a SCORCHING! Playing In The Band. Let me say again, scorching, and it gets out there. Bobby is teasing the opening Terrapin riff 30 seconds into the jam, but they go on a nice trip before landing, just effortlessly on Lady. The Terrapin Station is sweet and strong, but the all star piece is still to come. The Not Fade Away-> Wharf Rat-> Playin' In The Band-> One More Saturday Night is just the best segment of real fly by the seat of your pants GD jamming post 1976. They are taking chances, leaving the familiar far in the rear(something not typical of 77 despite the rumors) Listen specifically to the NFA, it is transcendent. The more I think about it, the more I want to say this is the best show of the year. Maybe one of those October lovelies...when you hit the 16 minute mark of the NFA you are so far gone from normalcy the thought of another "song" just seems silly and then it all comes silently crashing down and suddenly..wharf rat. On which Jerry sounds magnificent. A little extra beat put in before the move to fly away just...makes it for me.
The entry back to Playing is more reminiscent of 74 than 77. Thematic and varied simultaneously. I think what really does it on this night is that mickey and billy have stepped way past their 77 thick groove style and pushed the jams via Billy led jazz session. I don't know why, or how mickey keeps it together this night, but he does, and does so well. The way into Saturday is also packed with energy, great way to end a phenomenal set.
The song selection in this set is spectacular. The Saturday night closer exemplifies it perfectly. The opening notes evoke a feeling similar to what it must feel like to step outside as a hurricane moves into the distance and watch the sunrise and be happy just to be there. (Obvious hyperbole, but you get the idea. :)
Who doesn't love U.S. Blues? You, well then you suck. :)
Slight AUD cuts in a few spots, but nothing terrible.
Subject: Lovely even mix - get the Keyboards!
Subject: good show
Subject: being released!!!
Subject: Bertha-> Good Lovin'-> Sugaree !!!!
Subject: Wish I was there
Subject: U Ha! 30 years ago
How do we NOT miss y'all more than we do...
PEACE love and HIPPINESS!
Subject: Not fade away
Subject: hidden jem
Subject: Beautiful sound
Iam a sucker for Jerry's slower ballads esp in this 5-77 time period.
Row Jimmy,Love Each Other,Comes a Time,Peggy-O-and the 3 High Time's they did were all cream of the crop in Dead history.
ps I thought I was the only one who doesn't care for Minglwood or Tennesse Jed. Although I loved Brents mean B-3 solos on Minglewood.
Subject: Yet another classic
Subject: Old Hartford
love is real and NFA!
Subject: Finish Strong!
Subject: Primo F'in 1977 DEAD, enjoy.
The Rhythm Devils are hammering out of Terrapin Station into Not Fade Away. Listen to the crowd go nuts as they jam into NFA. The Playing reprise is a nice touch. They all kind of bring it real low, then bring the energy way up as they jam through the end of the song into OMSN.
Subject: Alot of Energy
Subject: Awesome Show
Subject: Estimated Prophet
Subject: Estimated Prophet
Subject: Amazing show, amazing sound
The band is tight all the way through.
No complaints from this listener.
PITB is indeed gooey.
Subject: 4 Stars for Betty!
Subject: Spacey Playin'
rest of show is solid, but nothing spectacular--i give this a 4 out of 5 because too many shows are rated 5 stars and they should only be for elite--
even so, this is still may 77' which kicks hard!!
Subject: May 77